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About Hunterdon Prevention Resources

Hunterdon Prevention Resources was incorporated in 1971 as a private non-profit charitable organization.  HPR was known then as the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. of Hunterdon County.  It was a community-based information and referral service.  Developed by local residents responding to the needs of individuals, family members, and friends, it focused on its primary goal of prevention, education, information, and referral.


In 1998, Hunterdon Prevention Resources developed its new name, expanded services and implemented its comprehensive holistic program dedicated to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, treatment through education, training, intervention, community awareness, information/referral services, and counseling.

Hunterdon Prevention Resources is the Hunterdon County member of the New Jersey Prevention Network, a state-wide model organization of county agencies dedicated to the prevention and education of substance abuse and related issues.


In the new millennium, Hunterdon Prevention Resources, a multifaceted service agency, continues to respond to and meet the diverse needs of its community members by recognizing the severity of chemical dependency and related issues.  This insidious disease touches the lives of our parents, grandparents, and children from all economic and cultural backgrounds.  Our dedication to fighting the effects of addictions has not waned since 1971.



To empower the Hunterdon County Community to flourish and thrive by maintaining healthy life choices through access to quality programs and services.



The mission of Hunterdon Prevention Resources is promoting health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities through education, collaboration, advocacy and treatment.



Our core values reflect the agency's philosophy and culture and permeate all we do; empowerment, equality, integrity, confidentiality, and collaboration. 


For more information on HPR and the services we provide, please call 908-782-3909, or contact us via our online form.

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Meet the Staff

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Camisa, Colette

Finance/Human Resource Manager

Colette graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting and a minor in economics.  She worked for Merck & Co., Inc. prior to staying home and raising her 3 children.  She has worked as a substitute teacher and a part-time bookkeeper at various Hunterdon County companies prior to joining HPR. 


In addition to bookkeeping, Colette has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition.  She recently became a Certified Fitness Trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and is currently studying for her Nutrition Specialist certification.  She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Canterino, Cathy

Coalition Associate and FSC Site Coordinator 

Cathy works on the Drug-Free Communities grant as Coalition Associate and works closely with the Director of the Safe Communities Coalition.  She is also Site Coordinator for the Hunterdon County Family Success Center. She is coordinator of several grants and also assists with grant writing for the agency.  Additionally, Cathy is responsible for marketing and public relations, including maintaining the websites and Facebook pages for HPR, the Safe Communities Coalition and the Family Success Center.  


Cathy joined HPR in October 2010.  Prior to that, she worked for 13 years in the marketing department of a large Somerset County law firm. 

Ciullo, Jean

Director of Prevention Programs

Jean Ciullo graduated college in 1979 with a degree in merchandising. She spent three years working in retail management and then moved on to the travel industry where she spent about 13 years gaining experience in all levels of travel planning and meetings management.   After finding time to volunteer in her children’s classrooms as well as becoming a CCD teacher, she discovered how much she loved working with youth. 


Jean started with Hunterdon Prevention Resources in September of 2002 as a part-time Program Coordinator and classroom presenter.  Over the years, she gained experience creating and presenting various types of substance abuse prevention and bullying programs to Hunterdon County youth.  In 2009 she was promoted to Director of Prevention Programs.  Jean and her staff have developed a great reputation with Hunterdon County schools, senior centers and local faith-based groups and have become the go-to agency for all of their prevention program needs.


Jean and her staff also take pride in presenting the evidence-based Strengthening Families program which is offered free of charge to Hunterdon County families at the Family Success Center in Flemington.


Jean has been a NJ resident all her life and has resided in Hunterdon County for the last 17 years. She loves the beach, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

Collevechio, Jerri


Director of Community Coalitions/Special Events

Jerri started her career at HPR in 2008 as the REBEL Coordinator for Hunterdon County. She helped establish and implement the Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Program in all 5 high schools. This was her first experience working directly on a community level change initiative collaborating with school administration, youth, Superintendents, Principals,  SAC’s, and students to the State advisors who helped make this accomplishment a county wide success.


In 2009/2010 Jerri focused her efforts towards facilitating prevention programs in area middle schools and high schools, ranging  from life skills, drug and alcohol prevention, cyber bullying. Additionally, she directed Taking Control of Your Health, and drug and alcohol abuse amongst our senior population. Also early in 2010, Jerri received certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, which gave her the tools and techniques to coach and support tobacco users in their goal to quit their tobacco dependency.


Jerri has been very involved in the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties since 2010. The Coalition’s Mission is to reduce UAD, Rx drugs across the lifespan, and illegal drugs through collaboration and community level change in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. Through continued collaboration with community sectors they have implemented Private Property ordinances, permanent Rx boxes, created 2 documentaries and many more initiatives to reduce alcohol and substance abuse in Hunterdon/Somerset Counties.


Jerri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

DeVito, Anne

Office Administration

Anne has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Anne has passionately worked to promote healthy choices and non-smoking initiatives in the community of Hunterdon.


To many, Anne is "the face" of Hunterdon Prevention Resources. Anne has, over the years of her career, talked to thousands of individuals and families to provide technical assistance and get them the help they need. She is unfailingly supportive and caring, and this is communicated to all she works with.


In her spare time Anne enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren, and spending time at the beach.

Dowd, Peggy

DFC Coordinator, Prevention Educator

Peggy graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.  For over 17 years Peggy worked as a benefits systems consultant for Towers Perrin, handling much of the training and development needs.  In recent years Peggy has dedicated time to raising her 4 children and volunteering with her Church, the Flemington Raritan PTO’s, and Girls Scouts.


For many years as a volunteer, Peggy encountered and was very impressed with the prevention programs at HPR . She is happy to be working part time as the Coalition Coordinator for the Safe Communities Coalition, Youth Coalition, and mentor for local coalitions through the federal Drug Free Communities Grant..


Peggy enjoys her time with her family, cooking, theater, golf and tennis.

Gabel, Lesley

Co-Executive Director

Lesley graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988 from Hofstra University.  Lesley has over 20 years experience in the corporate environment. She managed numerous quality management systems including, process controls, auditing, training, process improvement programs, statistical analysis, and facilitation systems.


Lesley manages the Drug Free Communities Grant as well as efforts on Underage Drinking, Strengthening Families program, plus preparing and managing grant requirements.  She is also responsible for the technology side of our business. 


Lesley has been fortunate to live in many parts of the country like Georgia, New York, California, Nevada, Colorado and now New Jersey.  She enjoys her time with her family, coaching youth sports as well as working in our community.

Geraci, Gabby

Bilingual FSC Family Partner

Gabby has a deep passion for helping anyone in need. She has a background in psychology and communications, having worked for a variety of newspapers in the area, addressing the needs and problems in our local community. Prior to working as a Bilingual Family Success Partner, she taught disease prevention and adolescent health to middle and high schoolers. She is working on her Master’s in Public Health at her alma mater, the University of Scranton and believes prevention is the key to a brighter future. At the Center, she enjoys working with families to meet their goals and plan for their futures holistically. Her hobbies include building Legos with her two sons and writing music with her best friend and biggest cheerleader, her husband.

Gettings, Carmel

FSC Director and Family Partner

Carmel has been actively involved in social ministries in the Hunterdon County area for the past 20 years. Carmel has led the St. Vincent DePaul program at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church since 1999.   She is a recipient of the 2002 Division of Youth and Family Services Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.  In 2003, she became a founding member and continues to serve on HCMAP, which has provided over $2 million in free prescription medications for uninsured individuals.  In 2005-2006, she was a member of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board of Hunterdon and Warren Counties.  Carmel was honored by the Diocese of Metuchen in 2010 and received the Immanuel Award.  Currently, Carmel is on the Executive Board of the Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC) and the Catholic Charities Bread & Roses Board. 

Smith, Lisa

Prevention Educator

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University and is New Jersey certified to teach Preschool, Kindergarten through Eighth grades.  She was a stay-at-home mom for over fifteen years and an active volunteer in the schools and her church.  Lisa entered the workforce several years ago as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in a local nursery school.  As a Prevention Educator with Hunterdon Prevention Resources, she is happy and excited to be working with children of all ages.  She has been in this position for the past five years.


In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising and reading books.

Trionfo, Penni

FSC Volunteer and Resource Development Coordinator

Penni has lived in NJ all her life and attended Kean University with a double major of Sociology and Business Management.  After raising her 2 children to school age, Penni began working with children as an aid in Alexandria Township and Franklin Township Public Schools.  Her many volunteer positions prompted her to join the FSC and further that passion.  She has recently obtained her Volunteer Management Certification from NORWESCAP, and is looking forward to receiving more training in the future.


Penni enjoys organic gardening, cooking and reading, and is a member of 3 book clubs.

Ward, Patricia


Pat is a licensed, clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) who has been working at HPR since March 2012. Her background includes 25+ years of counseling with the substance abuse population and their families. More recently, Pat has been certified in the treatment of Adult ADHD and their families. 

Widico, Karen


Co-Executive Director/CEO

Karen has been working in the non-profit sector for her entire career, first in treatment for 15 years, and in prevention for the last 8 years. Karen received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. She has worked with various populations including the emotionally disturbed, MICA clients, and with at-risk individuals. At this point in her career, she strongly believes that prevention intervention is the key to minimizing many societal problems.


Karen is currently Executive Director of Hunterdon Prevention Resources and has served in that position for 8 years, and serves on several community boards in the county. Karen is also an experienced outdoor education instructor, and has taught high ropes course instruction for many years. Karen enjoys volunteering, reading, playing competitive volleyball, exercising, and spending times at the beach in her spare time.

Willard, Laurie

FSC Family Partner

Laurie is a Family Partner that is dedicated to the people of Hunterdon County who she serves at the Family Success Center.  She is very kind and is a great listener, and finds her position to be very gratifying.  She specializes in assisting people with their resumes and with teaching parenting skills.  She is particularly good with teens.


Laurie has taught many of the prevention education and parenting programs provided by HPR and has been a valued member of the team for over 5 years.  

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